Performer, producer and creator, Wayne Burns may be most recognized for his role as Lykos, the Prince of Athens, in the Syfy Original Series, Olympus. Based in Toronto and recently chosen as one of Now Magazine‘s Breakthrough Artists of 2017, Wayne is a prolific contributor to the Toronto arts scene, both through his a and personal contributions to city’s cultural fabric.
Since graduating from the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada, Wayne has had the pleasure of working in the company of some of Canada’s most reputable artists including Brendan Healy, Nina Lee Aquino, Philip Akin, Weyni Mengehsa, David Latham, Paul Gross, Jackie Maxwell and Yäel Farber. Eager to learn more about his craft, Wayne continued his arts education in Toronto through the Factory Theatre Mechanicals Program, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, Theatre Ontario and the SummerWorks Leadership Intensive.
As a performer, Wayne can be seen on Canadian favourites: Mr. D, Murdoch Mysteries, The Baroness Von Sketch Show, and Remedy to name a few. The award-winning feature films, Blackbird, opposite Connor Jessup (Falling Skies, Closet Monster) & Alex Ozerov (The Americans, Bitten), and All the Wrong Reasons, where he played alongside the late Cory Montieth (Glee). On stage, Wayne has had the pleasure of originating roles in David S. Craig’s, Tough Case (Left Foot First), Michal Grzejszczak’s, Boys from the Burbs (Empty Room Collective), Paul Ledoux’s, Merlin (Halifax Theatre for Young People), Michael Ross Albert’s, Miss (Unit 102 Actors Company). Wayne is currently starring in PureCarbon’s rendition of Sarah Kane’s Crave, and the Atlantic Canadian premiere of Shakespeare in Love at Neptune Theatre.
In addition to his acting projects, Wayne successfully established his own production company, Dresser Drawer, which currently facilitates the creation and incubation of mixed media projects. His films have gone on to play internationally renowned festivals including the REELWorld Film Festival, Toronto Youth Shorts (Winner – Industry Choice Award), InsideOut LGBT Film Festival, OUTeast Queer Film Festival, North Carolina Lesbian + Gay Film Festival, NewFest – New York’s LGBT Film Festival and Image + Nation: Montreal’s LGBT Film Festival. His first solo show, LIONESS, played to sold-out houses in Truro, Halifax & Toronto.
A champion of community-based projects and social entrepreneurship, Wayne is the co-founder and Experience Architect of Dark Nights, an ongoing conversation series with Canada’s creative minds developed through residences and support from The Gladstone Hotel, The Theatre Centre and The Ontario Arts Council. This series is designed to demystify the creative life, challenge our success-driven culture head-on, by establishing space for real conversation, raising the value of Canada by highlighting local talent and advocating peer mentorship through public forums, online content and training programs. In collaboration with co-founder Luke Reece, this series has facilitated and archived thought-provoking and intensely personal conversations with 40 (and growing) creators over the past two years.
Wayne currently divides his time between Toronto and Nova Scotia